Younger artists -- whose identities are still unformed -- are turning into walking billboards. "The machine is a lot hungrier," Arianne Phillips, longtime stylist to Madonna and Lenny Kravitz, said of the music industry. "They have more photo shoots, and artists have to go out on the road because that's the way they make money now." The demands, she said, make it impossible for them to worry about what they are wearing.
Or maybe they're worrying too much.
Amy Winehouse, one of "Hollywood's Biggest Fashion Offenders" in a recent In Touch magazine spread, was cited for looking "more like a cleaning lady than a Grammy winner." The photos showed the British singer sporting her trademark morning-after beehive, head scarf and winged cat's-eye eyeliner: the rare, rock-inspired look that's being imitated on the streets today. In one photo, she's puffing on a cigarette with no hands, Keith Richards-style.